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DraftKings and FanDuel MLB Picks for Friday 6/9/23 (Main Slate)
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Ready to unleash some Yankees power, Gerrit Cole is taking the bump against the Red Sox. The ace brings his 2022 stats to the table, an impressive 3.498 ERA and an outstanding 257 strikeouts over 200 innings. His command on the mound, as evidenced by his 1.13 WHIP this season, is remarkable.
He's up against Garrett Whitlock whose stats are less than ideal, owning a 5.61 ERA and a lower strikeout rate per 9 of 7.01. With Cole leading the arms for the Yankees, they're a strong -169 favorite in this face-off. Given Cole's dominant track record and the pitching-friendly environment of the Yankees' home ground, he's set to rake against the Red Sox. Considering his impressive stats and the favorable matchup, he's a perfect player to roster in your cash game lineups.
The versatile Shohei Ohtani is set to showcase his pitching skills for the Angels against the Mariners. Last season, he registered a stellar 2.331 ERA and amassed 219 strikeouts over 166 innings. Fast forward to this season, and he's maintaining his elite form with a 3.3 ERA, 96 strikeouts, and a commanding WHIP of 1.01 in 71 innings.
Despite the Mariners' decent strikeout rate and low OPS, Ohtani's superior command and knack for striking out batters position the Angels as a -132 favorite in this matchup. With his top-tier arm, a favorable right-hand matchup, and a favorable pitcher's park, Ohtani is a strong pick for any cash game lineup.
Stepping into the affordable range, we have Jordan Montgomery ready to take the bump for the Cardinals against the Reds. Montgomery has had a fair season thus far, clocking an ERA of 4.23, 60 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.38 over 66 innings.
He's up against Ben Lively, and despite Lively's commendable ERA of 3.03, Montgomery's track record and the Cardinals' favorable -182 moneyline suggest he's in a good spot. With Busch Stadium, a pitching-friendly park, as the venue, Montgomery presents a viable SP2 option on DraftKings. His decent strikeout rate and affordable price make him a compelling pick for cash game lineups.
William Contreras presents a favorable matchup against Oakland's Luis Medina, who currently has a high 8.19 ERA. Contreras's solid .343 OBP, .417 slugging, and .760 OPS in 2023 demonstrate his offensive strength. Additionally, his lineup position (third) and the Brewers' high projected run total enhance his fantasy potential. Despite his lack of stolen bases, Contreras's power at the plate makes him a cost-effective pick.
Ha-Seong Kim FD 3300 DK 4200
Opponent - COL (Austin Gomber) Park - COL
FD - 14.61 DK - 11.19
Ha-Seong Kim should be hitting leadoff for the Padres and on Friday there’s almost no better spot to be. Heading up against southpaw Austin Gomber in the hitter's haven that is Coors Field, Kim finds himself in a smash spot. He's coming off an OPS of .723 this season, already clocking in 5 homers, 19 RBIs, and showing off his speed with 11 stolen bases.
The OPS against left-handed pitching last season was a solid .765 and his wOBA sits comfortably at .322. Add to this the high implied run total of 6.62 for the Padres, and it's clear Kim's set up to rake. Given the Padres' strong odds and his reasonable pricing on both platforms, Kim is a value play for any cash game lineups.
Let's look at Willy Adames, who seems to be an attractive option in tonight's slate, hitting second for a Brewers squad projected to score 5.5 runs. Adames has a favorable matchup against the struggling right-hander Luis Medina, who's been having a hard time keeping runs off the board with an ERA of 8.19. With an OBP of .294, Adames has shown a knack for getting on base. He's also not shy about flexing his power, with 10 home runs already this season, and he has the speed to swipe a base, too.
Despite his moderate OPS of .696, he's still capable of exploiting matchups like these, which have the potential to see him rack up some high fantasy points. While the Brewers' shortstop may not be the biggest name on the roster, he could provide some solid production at a reasonable price.
Next up is the power-hitting third baseman for the Padres, Manny Machado. Our man Machado is ready to roll in the cleanup spot, and the ball flies in Coors Field like nowhere else. This gives him a significant chance to increase his current homer count of 5 for the season.
His OPS is on the low side this season at .650, but fear not, because Machado demolished left-handed pitching last season with an OPS of .854. Couple that with a wOBA of .361, and you see why he's a beast in the box. With the high implied run total of 6.62, expect some RBI opportunities for Machado as he's in a prime spot to rake. His value, especially on DraftKings, is hard to ignore for those cash game lineups.
Fernando Tatis Jr. FD 4500 DK 6400
Opponent - COL (Austin Gomber) Park - COL
FD - 20.29 DK - 15.29
Bust out the piggy banks and make way for Fernando Tatis Jr.! The man can flat-out rake and is set to put on a show in a "smash spot" at the hitter's paradise - Coors Field. He's been tearing it up with an impressive .798 OPS, a hearty 11 home runs, and 7 stolen bases to add some cherry on top. All signs point to a potentially lucrative night against Austin Gomber, a lefty with a 6.99 ERA, providing a right-vs-left match-up that favors our guy Tatis Jr. Not only that, but the Padres are projected for a whopping 6.62 runs. The price tag might be hefty, but this is the kind of spot where Tatis could deliver a performance that breaks the slate!
Stepping up to the plate is the Brew Crew's leadoff hitter, Christian Yelich. Despite the less than stellar .752 OPS for the season, Yelich remains a sneaky play against the A's. He's currently boasting a .354 OBP, and his knack for finding the gaps in the field has earned him a .321 BABIP. Plus, let's not forget his wheels on the bases, with a cool 16 stolen bags already this season.
Yelich gets to face righty Luis Medina, whose ERA has ballooned to a whopping 8.19. Last year, Yelich had a decent .757 OPS against right-handed pitching. Throw in the fact that the Brewers have a high implied run total of 5.8, and Yelich is set up for a productive day at the dish. In the friendly confines of Milwaukee, he's an excellent choice for your lineups.